Larry Gooley in the midst of filming a feature for Discovery ID in New York City.
There’s an old journalism adage that goes “If it bleeds it leads.” That same philosophy has led Bloated Toe Publishing to the verge of prime time.
Local author and publisher Larry Gooley has written and self-published numerous books, from histories of local North Country places like Lyon Mountain and Altona, to the Adirondack Literary Award winning Oliver’s War. But it’s Gooley’s numerous stories featuring North Country murders that are currently garnering the most attention.
Gooley, along with Jill Jones, his partner at Bloated Toe, were recently contacted by a representative from NBC, who wanted to use one of the stories from Gooley’s 2012 book “25 Diabolical Adirondack Murders: The Twisted, Fiendish Deeds of Adirondack Killers,” for an upcoming segment on their Discovery ID channel.
“We got a call...it actually said ‘National Broadcasting Company’ on the caller ID,” said Jones about the July phone call they received at their office. “We figured it was just a telemarketer, so we didn’t want to answer the phone. I answered it, and it was someone from 30 Rock.”
Not only did they want to use the story, they wanted Gooley to narrate part of the story.
Gooley and Jones were flown to New York City, and traveled to the studio at the National Arts Club across from 30 Rockefeller Center by limousine. They spent the better part of a day filming Gooley for the segment, and the rest of the day exploring Manhattan.
“It was pretty interesting to watch. They’re so fussy about everything,” said Gooley. “You give the perfect answer, and you think ‘there, I nailed that one,’ and then they’d say ‘no, do it again, there was a truck backing up.’”
They are not at liberty to say the name of the upcoming show because the name hasn’t been finalized, but it is “in the can” for airing in the very near future.
National attention for a North Country murder story is not totally new for Bloated Toe. Just a week before the call for NBC, Gooley and Jones received a call, again unsolicited, from a California production company who was interested in Gooley’s 2009 “Terror in the Adirondacks: The True Story of Serial Killer Robert F. Garrow.” They are in talks to turn Terror in the Adirondacks into a movie.
“This all came to us,” said Gooley. “We should be out getting a TV network or a movie, and we’re not. These are coming to us.”
Gooley is hopeful that this project comes together as well, but warns that movies are a much lengthier and tenuous prospect than a television feature.
“Whenever we get something like this we sort of make note of it, put it aside, and keep working.”
Working for Gooley is writing and publishing, and he doesn’t plan on slowing down regardless of how much attention his stories are garnering. Bloated Toe has just published “Killing in the Kuyahoora Valley,” and Gooley is currently working on another compilation of North Country murders.
Photos from Gooley and Jones’ trip to Manhattan can be found at the Bloated Toe Publishing Facebook site, and books from Gooley and numerous other North Country authors represented by Bloated Toe Publishing are available at www.bloatedtoe.com.
If it bleeds it leads...and it’s leading Gooley and Jones well past the confines of the North Country literary scene.